Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Toy for Noah - Part Deux

I have to say that I'm totally embarrassed that this has taken so much time. Who'da thunk a toy would have so many steps for a building process! Actually, it has been fun to finally play with some of my big boy toys. I've had the opportunity to resaw on my new bandsaw. I wish it were the new one unveiled by Powermatic at this years IWF, but alas, I have what I have and it does a nice job.

I've played with my Rigid sander, my radial arm drill press, set my makeshift router table up, and got to do a stain job.
The plan called for two different contrasting woods. Wood magazine used maple and walnut. I priced the walnut and decided that staining my birch would do. I figure when I go to replace the birch slabs I used, this is still using at least $70 dollars worth of lumber, and that's not counting the kit. I got all the parts milled. Cut everything to size, did the glue-ups, beveled all the appropriate edges and finished sanded all the parts. I'm almost ready to start the finish. My plan is to dilute a polyurethane to make a wipe on finish.
I figure 4 coats would be Noah proof. I sure hope he's still young enough to enjoy this gift. If not, his brand new baby brother, Luca Fin (Sylvia likes to always put his first and middle names together) will enjoy it when he gets a bit older.
Due to all we have to do to get ready for Germany, I don't think I'm gonna be able to get back to Bisket's Serving Stand until we get back.

On a positive note, I did get a new "toy" today. I picked up a DYS4500 Craftsman (that's right Mr. LQQK, Craftsman) lawn tractor today. I know what you're thinking. That's got nothing to do with the shop! Well, yes it does. Before this, mowing our yard took over three hours. It's crazy! We live in a desert and have over an acre of yard! I'm pretty sure I'm goin' to hell for that! But honest, it wasn't all my idea. A friend, who is a firefighter said that, because of how our property is situated, we needed at least 30 feet of green space around all structures. I've got a 1000 gallon propane tank that wouldn't like to get too hot! Luckily the fire department is right down the road and know we have a potential bomb. It makes our property a high priority, in the event of a fire. The mower will enable me to have more shop time. So, I'm trying not to feel too bad that it took money away from the shop.


Shazza said...

Wow...you got a lot done! Looks great!

I had one of those bombs in my yard...that thing made me nervous as all heck.

Donate regularly to that fire department!!!

Vic Hubbard said...

Thanks Shazza!

I'm extremely slow still. I don't think this should've taken longer than a few evenings. Maybe I'm wrong. At least I'm having fun!

Kari Hultman said...

The toy is looking great, Vic! Nice job. And to get to play with so many tools....lucky boy!

Getting more shop time is always a priority, so don't feel bad about the new mower. I used to hate winter before I found woodworking, and now it's my favorite time of year. No yardwork = more shop time. ; )

Vic Hubbard said...

I like the way you think Kari! I think my favorite time of year is going to move toward the colder months, too. It's nice this mower will cut a three hour job down to about 45 minutes.

David Pruett said...

Vic -

We were out of town for a while, so I lost track of your blog progress. Very cool project! We are hosting a German foreign exchange student this year. I will have to share this posting with her. Have fun on your trip! Noah is a very lucky young man!


Vic Hubbard said...

That's cool, David!

Where is you exchange student from?
Sylvia is from Untebalbach. The closest larger city is Bad Mergentheim.